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HelicopterAccidents in Mountain Rescue Operations. Charley Shimanski Education Director - Mountain Rescue Association www.mra.org. The hardest day of my life. That evening’s news…. KAMLER. “Familiarization, and prolonged exposure without incident, leads to a loss

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helicopteraccidents in mountain rescue operations

HelicopterAccidents in Mountain Rescue Operations

Charley Shimanski

Education Director - Mountain Rescue Association

www.mra.org

kamler
KAMLER

“Familiarization,

and prolonged exposure

without incident,

leads to a loss

of appreciation of risk”

Dr. Ken Kamler

1996 Everest Expedition Doctor

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Rescue mountaineer s are more likely to be killed in an aviation accident than by ALL other means combined…Here’s how we deal with that risk…

falling from the hell hole

ACCIDENT PROFILES…

Falling from the “Hell Hole”

January 7, 1975 – Seattle Mountain Rescue Council

crash of angel 6
Crash of “Angel 6”

June 16, 1975 – Yosemite NP/Lemoore Naval Air Station

the personal protective equipment debate
The “Personal Protective Equipment” debate…

“The worst part about NOMEX

is you can’t burn it when you’re done with it!”

the engine ran for two more hours
The engine ran for two more hours!

January 2, 1978 – Great Smoky Mountains NP

cause of crash downdrafts updrafts and local whirlwind
“Cause of Crash: Downdrafts, updrafts, and local whirlwind”

April 5, 1980 – Larimer County SAR

Alpine Rescue Team/KUSA-TV

another hell hole accident
Another “Hell Hole” accident

Summer, 1986 – Colorado Search and Rescue Board Training

litter spin in el paso
Litter spin in El Paso

December 9, 1989 – El Paso TX

an overgross miscalculation
An overgross miscalculation!

June 25, 1994 – Rocky Mountain NP

the patient was not life or death
The patient was not “life-or-death”

June 26, 1994 – Gila County (AZ) Sheriff’s Department

USAF 305th - Davis Monthan Air Force Base

the terrain condition was a related factor
The terrain condition was a related factor

July 9, 1994 – Mt. Huron, CO

worst short haul accident in history
Worst short-haul accident in history

July 21, 1995 – Koolau Mountains, Oahu, Hawaii

Honolulu Fire Department

fog rolled in visibility reduced and the ceiling dropped september 12 1997 mt baldy olympic np
Fog rolled in, visibility reduced, and the ceiling droppedSeptember 12, 1997 Mt. Baldy/Olympic NP
winter storm closes in on airmed flight
Winter storm closes in on AirMed flight

January 11, 1998 – Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

you won t believe this one
You Won’t Believe THIS One!!!

September 10, 1999 - Juneau Ice Fields, AK

insufficient power at that altitude
“Insufficient power at that altitude”

October 2, 1999 – Larimer County, CO

i won t get in a helicopter without my helmet anymore doug fessler alaska avalanche center
“I won’t get in a helicopter without my helmet anymore!”Doug Fessler – Alaska Avalanche Center

February 3, 2001 – Chugach Mtn. Range, AK

repeater insert accident outside yosemite natl park
Repeater insert accidentoutside Yosemite Natl Park

July 8, 2001 – Granite Dome (Tuolumne Cty Sheriff), CA

Fallon Naval Air Station, NV

crash and crash again
Crash and crash again…

January 9, 2002 - LaPlata County, CO

any chance i get to turn down a helicopter ride i take it ralph tingey national park service
“Any chance I get to turn down a helicopter ride, I take it!”Ralph TingeyNational Park Service
photo and video credits
Photo and Video Credits:

Charles “Butch” Farabee

Doug Fessler

Juneau Mountain Rescue

KCNC-TV / Mike Silva

Howard Paul

Portland Mountain Rescue

Riverside Mountain Rescue

Rocky Mountain Rescue Group

Charley Shimanski

Tempco Helicopter Tours

Bruce Tremper

“Vertical Limit”

United States Coast Guard

DOI Office of Aircraft Services

James Balog

“Blackhawk Down”

Stephen Boyer, MD

Denali National Park

Alan “Ace” Erdahl

Fallon Naval Air Station